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Below you will find the definition of palliate, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
EXAMPLES - Palliate in a Sentence
- He did not disguise it to himself, nor attempt to palliate it. (source)
- That being said, the monthly paperback column does palliate this a bit. (source)
- All that can be done now is to palliate the Epicureanism which prevails in this work. (source)
- No. We're populists of a more fiery sort now, and the old bromides no longer palliate. (source)
- Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. (source)
- This palliate of entrance additionally save our poor backs after a prolonged day upon a vegetable plot. (source)
- "It's a hard trail, Liverpool, and only the men that are hard will get through," Charles strove to palliate. (source)
- I am a churchman, senors; but I am a man and I can feel, senors; I can sympathize; I can palliate; I can excuse. (source)
- 'Yes, part,' said she, with assumed firmness; 'it would be vain to palliate what I cannot disguise from myself ... (source)
- The actresses can scarcely longer palliate them, by a studied loftiness of demeanor and an imposing elevation of voice. (source)
- She will likely take some form of medicine, whether to prevent, cure, or palliate her illness, for the rest of her life. (source)
- * Radiation can be used to control or palliate metastatic tumors in selected cases, but is rarely curative in these circumstances. (source)
- The natural way to palliate the pain of losing money is by refusing to recognize exactly how badly your portfolio has been damaged. (source)
- The best we can hope for is to palliate the descent into deeper chaos that will occur when the US withdraws from Iraq, which it must surely do. (source)
- Still, a febrile, media-magnified anxiety about job stability and wage growth is integral to the civic topography that the next president must address and palliate. (source)
- The neostigmine Seever had sent for seemed to palliate the weakness, which had not been experienced for some time, and the nausea attacks also seemed to have vanished. (source)
- Second we will be adding a soothing side of a Velcro to a behind side of a shade, as good as third good palliate in a generosity a bit for a shade to fit upon a batten. (source)
- Add to this a rampant failure to acknowledge and palliate agonizing symptoms like breathlessness, itching, hiccoughs, nausea, dizziness, bedsores and draining wounds of surgery. (source)
- Both are exceedingly gifted individuals with enviable human qualities; both were once cherished friends to me; and both, I think, use rage and spite to palliate their unhealed wounds. (source)
- There is no difficulty about this genealogy, no dispute among the learned, no false calculations to be rectified, no contradictions to palliate, no impossibilities to be made possible. (source)
- It has created the mess that the Bush tax rebates are supposed to palliate: a subprime lending catastrophe, crashing house prices, food shortages, rising unemployment, and a devalued dollar. (source)
- In addition to enhancing Iraqi security, Syria can contribute to Washington's efforts to isolate and perhaps even palliate Iran, and could participate in a U. S.-brokered peace deal with Israel. (source)
- She communicated to Cecilia all the affairs of her family, disguising from her neither distress nor meanness, and seeking to palliate nothing but the grosser parts of the character of her mother. (source)
- Then reseating himself in his chair, he watched his looks and manner: anxiously, it is true, but with the open front of a gentleman who feels he has taken no part which he need excuse or palliate. (source)
- Miss Margland, though to the Baronet she would not recede from her first assertions, strove vainly to palliate to herself the ill grace and evident dissatisfaction with which Edgar had met the report. (source)
- Because of this he is roughly always full of stress as good as stress, nonetheless he is additionally equates to to censor it simply as good as crop up to be during palliate around figures of authority. (source)
- Two charges such as these, so serious in their nature, and so destructive of her character, filled her with horror and consternation, and even somewhat served to palliate his illiberal and injurious behaviour. (source)
- To palliate it would be in vain; to justify it would be wicked: there is no alternative, for one who will not make himself a participator in guilt, but to record the disgraceful story with sorrow and with shame. (source)
- Then as now, the liberal left seems to have great faith in the power of language to palliate antidemocratic adversaries and a corresponding fear of pro-democratic rhetoric, which it sees as provocative or aggressive. (source)
- Her portion was estimated at eighteen millions of livres -- a sum sufficient to palliate many 'faux pas' in the eyes of a husband more sensible and more delicate than her present Serene Idiot, as she styles the Prince (source)
- Cut adrift from his godless puppet-masters, he cravenly persisted in depriving his salvation starved populace of faith-based-initiatives, deigning instead to palliate them with universal health care and free higher education. (source)
- The move, announced unexpectedly late Sunday night, may be an attempt to palliate investors unhappy with Pfizer's languishing stock price, which is well below that of its peers and down about 30 percent since Kindler took the helm. (source)
- No longer ago than yesterday morning, I believed myself incapable of even wishing it; but extraordinary situations call for extraordinary resolutions, and in private as well as public life, palliate, at least, extraordinary actions. (source)
- Miss Beverley, but let the severity of my recent sufferings palliate my present temerity; for where affliction has been deep and serious, causeless and unnecessary misery will find little encouragement; and mine has been serious indeed! (source)
- No sense can be made of the action as being intended to serve to palliate the disease, or to keep the patient comfortable, or even, in the case of a person in a permanently vegetative state, of allowing the underlying disease to carry the person off. (source)
- No, I warn you, if you do not tell me we are at war, if you still allow yourself to palliate all the infamies, all the atrocities of that Antichrist (upon my word, I believe it) -- I no longer know you, you are no longer my faithful slave, as you say. (source)
- Other proponents of NATO expansion, such as Henry Kissinger, would try to palliate its impact on Russian public opinion by refraining from moving troops and nuclear weapons from the existing NATO member-states onto the territory of the prospective new ones. (source)
- To see Obama attempting to palliate the concerns of the military industrial complex before what looks to be a landslide election up and down the Democratic ticket reveals the categorical transformation the neocons have brought about in our national institutions. (source)
- How to pass or escape Edgar became now her greatest difficulty; she could suggest nothing to palliate to him the step she was taking, yet could still less bear to leave him to wild conjecture and certain blame: and she was standing irresolute and thoughtful, when Mr. Tyrold came to summon her. (source)
- "It's in the secured creditors 'best interest to palliate that class in order to allow what the secured creditor wants -- a process that is relatively calm and relatively swift," said Fruman Jacobson, chair of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP's corporate reorganization and bankruptcy practice. (source)
- Whereupon the even more elite in Jim's hierarchy of 'the elite' in the shape of 'The Fed' poured in billions and billions of their pieces of paper to stabilize the situation and palliate the suffering of Jim's friends and colleagues, doubtless until they can slip the hell out from under the wreck and then let chaos ensue. (source)
- Better to bring the cyst of Islamofascism/terrorism/whatever to the surface through provocation where it can be lanced, no matter how painful that may be in the short term, than to palliate its symptoms through appeasement while letting it fester beneath the surface (with many things like not-torturing-people being appeasement). (source)
- When we were come to those Years in which our Laws oblige us to give our final Consent or Denial, my Lord Marcellus sent for his Son, but he begg'd Leave to stay yet another Year, which my Lord his Father endeavour'd to palliate to me, by telling me it was out of a true Honour profound Respect, which he had for my and Merit, made him deny his own (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 44.0, which suggests that "palliate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 46 synonyms for palliate.
abate, allay, alleviate, apologize for, assuage, camouflage, cloak, conceal, condone, cover, diminish, disguise, dissemble, ease, exculpate, excuse, extenuate, gloze, hide, hush up, justify, lessen, lighten, make light of, mask, minimize, mitigate, moderate, mollify, prettify, put on a Band-Aid, qualify, quick fix, relieve, screen, soften, soothe, sugarcoat, temper, varnish, veil, veneer, vindicate, white, whiten, whitewash
We have 36 antonyms for palliate.
accuse, aggravate, agitate, allow, blacken, blame, burden, condemn, darken, depress, disclose, divulge, enlarge, expose, extend, incite, increase, intensify, irritate, lay bare, let out, magnify, open, prolong, provoke, reveal, sentence, show, strip, tell, trouble, uncover, unmask, upset, worry, worsen
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of palliate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
- (verb-transitive) To make less severe or intense; mitigate: tried unsuccessfully to palliate the widespread discontent.
- (verb-transitive) To relieve the symptoms of a disease or disorder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Covered with a mantle; cloaked; hidden; disguised.
- (adjective) Eased; mitigated; alleviated.
- (verb-transitive) To cover with a mantle or cloak; to cover up; to hide.
- (verb-transitive) To cover with excuses; to conceal the enormity of, by excuses and apologies; to extenuate.
- (verb-transitive) To reduce in violence; to lessen or abate; to mitigate; to ease without curing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To cover with a cloak; clothe.
- (None) To hide; conceal.
- (None) To cover or conceal; excuse or extenuate; soften or tone down by pleading or urging extenuating circumstances, or by favorable representations: as, to palliate faults or a crime.
- (None) To reduce in violence; mitigate; lessen or abate: as, to palliate a disease.
- (None) Eased; mitigated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
- (verb) provide physical relief, as from pain